IAG plans long-haul flights from Barcelona in 2017

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IAG subsidiary Iberia has the potential to launch the new routes

British Airways and Iberia owners IAG (International Airlines Group) are planning on launching flights from Barcelona to US detinations in June next year. This comes as a response to the increasing competition from low-cost carriers on transatlantic routes.

Norwegian Air Shuttle is planning on introducing flights to the US from Barcelona in 2017, initially serving Newark, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Oakland. Barcelona is currently a base for Norwegian as well as IAG carrier Vueling, which will be used to feed passengers onto the flights.

The group has not decided whether it will use resources from one of the current airlines or set up a new one. “Barcelona has become a significant airport hub and we believe that there is a demand for these flights from El Prat,” IAG said in an emailed statement.

The possible destinations are Santiago de Chile, Havana, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and San Francisco.

CAPA Centre for Aviation said that this looks like a response to Norwegians new flights. “Plans by the low-cost carrier Norwegian to launch long-haul routes from Barcelona in 2017 may have had a catalytic effect on IAG’s thinking,” they said.

 

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Condor 767 simulator catches fire in office building at Frankfurt Airport

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Copyright: Frank Rumpenhorst

On Thursday, a flight simulator caught fire in an office building at Frankfurt airport. There were 200 people in the building when it was evacuated. One person was taken to hospital after smoke inhalation. The fire was extinguished within 45 minutes of it starting.

The simulator contained a replica of a 767 passenger cabin, used to train cabin crew. Technical fault was most likely to blame for the accident.

 

New Omani LCC sets new launch date

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Image by Salam Air

Originally planned to begin operations in mid-December, the new Omani LCC will now start operations in 1Q2017. The first flight will take off on Monday, January 30 next year. The first route will be Muscat-Salalah, while international flights to Dubai will begin on February 15.

Flights will be operated using 3 A320s leased from the LATAM Airlines Group.

Iberia Regional and Vueling add Barcelona – Valencia flights

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In March 2017, Iberia will launch a new route between Barcelona and Valencia. The route will be operated by Air Nostrum using their CRJ900. The route will operate twice-weekly starting March 10 and then increase to 5 weekly service from March 27, not flying on weekend.

Schedule from airlineroute:

IB8836 BCN0730 – 0825VLC CR9 x67
IB8835 VLC0855 – 0945BCN CR9 x67

Vueling will also operate this route, with 6 weekly flights starting March 10, and daily from March 27:

BCN1655 – 1755VLC A320 D

VLC1830 – 1925BCN A320 D 

Pegasus Airlines to secure PIA 737 wet-lease contract 

PIA – Pakistan International Airlines is in talks with Pegasus Airlines over the proposed wet-lease of four B737-800s, Pakistan aviation officials have told the SriLankaMirror news site.

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A team from the Turkish carrier was in Pakistan last week for talks concerning the proposed contract.

Documents seem by ch-aviation indicate that Pegasus’ proposal, which is about the wet-lease of msn 40722, 40876, 40697 and 40720, was names as the preferred bid, followed by Corendon Airlines with the lease of three B737-800s, Travel Services with the lease of one B737-800, AtlasGlobal with the lease of two A320-200s and Bulgaria Air with the lease of two A320-200s.

Bids from Travel Service for one B737-900(ER) and one B737-800 and one from ASL Airlines were rejected owing to incomplete documentation.